As someone who is known for putting in long hours and building Anthem into my way of life, I am often asked, what work truly means to me.
To me, work is nothing but an opportunity for innovation and ideation. It is the opportunity to not just be creative and expressive, but to build something tangible. In some cases, that means building something in the physical world. In others, that means building something in the intellectual property world. Both are incredible.
Work is the chance to lead, to inspire and to provide opportunity for others. Work is a chance to take the infrastructure that you have constructed and marry it with all your innovative energies to generate an output that makes a difference. That difference can be modest or grand. That difference can impact one person or one billion people. Either way it does have an impact and brings your efforts to life.
Even the less desirable tasks, which for me, may be certain administrative duties, aren’t viewed as a chore because they are the building blocks of the larger entity. The more desirable duties, which for me include collaborating with my team and bringing our ideas into the real world, are as important to me as anything. Work is never some thankless string of assignments. As cliché as this may be, work is not work. The way I view it, “work” is something that is not just professionally fulfilling, but personally as well.
Work provides the opportunity to apply passion to your experiences, education, life lessons and entrepreneurial drive. Thus, creating a company, environment and way of professional life for everyone around you.
By Chris Sinclair
Founder, The Anthem Group